Cafe Istanbul - Plano
We had a fabulous evening at Cafe Istanbul. The food was absolutely delicious. Great flavors. There were 6 of us & we shared two appetizer platters, two salads & two entree platters. So much food we took enough home for dinner for four! Tried an interesting Turkish red wine - somewhat sweeter than a Merlot but nice.
It was not what we thought it would be. food was not that great, very average. The value overall was not that great, there are tastier, cheaper options at an average buffet style place. No, we will not be returning.
Worst item served was a falafel, best part of dinner was Turkish coffee.
The pork chops were excellent.
The food in this place has always been great. We tried a new appetizer called Spicy and it matched its name. The soup and the adnan kebab were really good and they make a really nice jalapeño margarita. The server was attentive and helpful especially to the vegetarians in the group. The lavash bread was warm and amazing. Overall a very pleasant and relaxed evening, we enjoyed the charming outside patio.
It seems that each time we give this restaurant another try, we are are once again disappointed. We waited 25 minutes for our table after arriving on time for our reservation and then waited an additional 20 minutes to have our order taken. The noise in the restaurant from the music and large tables made conversation and ordering difficult.
Customer service did not seem to be a priority for the staff.
Great place for a date!
The food was superb and authentic. The staff was very responsive when we needed anything and our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu items. The atmosphere had a touch of Turkey and the menu had a wonderful variety of Turkish cuisine. I had the Hunkar Begendi and my husband had the Istanbul Doner. We were both impressed with the dishes. We would highly recommend this restaurant!
Didn’t like how the food tasted! I felt like I was eating kabab on salsa sauce. Not the taste I was going for and the waiter wasn’t so attentive.
Excellent food and service. Our second visit here and still very impressed. We will be back.
Always a great experience at Cafe Istanbul!!!
Wonderful customer service and time every time my friends visit!
We definitely will be back as usual! 🤗
Service was terrible. I believe the nice weather and patio business took them off guard. They were VERY understaffed. We waited 10 minutes for our server. Appetizers were delivered before any drinks. Had to stop a manager for a glass of water. No refills whatsoever.
After 45 minutes of waiting for our entree with empty beverages, we decided to leave and go to Terra. The manager did apologize and buy our appetizers, but it wasn't enough for our time and effort on an anniversary dinner.
Excellent food and great service at the table
We dine often at Cafe Instanbul. One of our favorite places to dine for delicious Turkish cuisines. I highly recommend this place.
My wife & I enjoyed our valentine diner at the Istanbul Cafe. We order mixed grill which was very good. The appetizer was Babaganoush was delightful. The service was excellent. Keep it up.thanks
This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have friends come in from around the world and we go to Cafe Istanbul. They understand we are there to enjoy our dinner AND each other. We do not feel rushed.
I sometime like to come and enjoy a bottle of wine and light dinner with friends and family. If you are looking for a place to enjoy food and connect with family and friends this is the place.
Great atmosphere, service and food!
The food was under cook, they just didn’t care for our business & was also rude. I will not be going back
This is one of our favorite places to eat...we love it!
Very authentic Turkish food. Highly recommended.
Delicious Turkish food! Made reservations for an early Friday dinner at 6:30pm. No reservations needed. They weren't busy yet. But they did pick up around 8pm.
Check in on Yelp and get a free humus. Yes please! The hummus was flavorful and came with a very large, hot, home baked lavash (bread). I liked the sesame flavor the bread had and how fresh it was.
The hubs and I are huge lentil soup lovers so we got a cup to share just so we could try it. It was soooo good! It had a unique flavor to it that was refreshing despite the fact it was a hot soup. It was unlike other lentil soups I've had, and we throughly enjoyed it. Will definitely get it again!
Next up... our entrees. I ordered the vegetarian casserole and the hubs for the Istanbul Doner. The casserole was light but didn't miss out on flavor. It comes very hot and with a side of very soft, fluffy rice. The Doner was a dish with gyro style carved lamb that was so fresh. The creamy, garlic sauce was similar to tzatziki sauce and complimented the lamb nicely. It also came with a side of fluffy rice and pickled onion and grilled tomato.
We ended our meal with the baklava, which, sadly, was the only disappointing dish we had. The baklava was so hard we had to use a knife to cut it. I liked that it wasn't overly sweet but it wasn't the soft, moist, flaky baklava I love.
There were a lot of regulars dining in. I can see why. The food is great and service is top notch. We were warmly greeted when we walked in and catered too with great hospitality. We look forward to our next visit.
Worst meal I have had in a while. Service was non-existent. Won’t go back. Bizarre experience on every level
Christmas lunch was very good
This was my second trip here, first was to celebrate a friend's birthday. On that trip the food was good, on time etc etc. This time I went with my family to celebrate my son's 16th and had a reservation. Everyone was friendly and we were seated immediately however it was very cramped they had a party of about 20 plus and the restaurant was packed. Appetizers came out on time but the entree took about 45mins!!! The waitress did apologize n acknowledge it was due to the large party.....this ruined our experience as the boys were starving the food wasn't the best, I tried the donor Kabab dish which was mostly eggplant hardly any Kabab..was a disappointing bday dinner.
Authentic Turkish cuisine!
Food and service was outstanding!
So imagine our surprise when we show up for a confirmed reservation on Thanksgiving Day and the restaurant has a sign on the door that says “OPEN” and yet the doors are locked and they are closed!!!! NO contact with us to tell us they are not going to open! Ever try to find another place to eat on Thanksgiving???
We had reservations for Thanksgiving @ 11:30am. It was confirmed and we showed up with a few other people and the doors were locked and the lights were off. No one was answering the phone.
Always the food is really delicious!
Never had a bad meal here, service was unbelievable, food has never been better. Authentic, tasty, well done.
Cafe Istanbul is a great place to get a wonderful meal!
The food is always so good.
Excellent combo platter for two allowed us to experience many of the wonderful foods found on the menu. Only thing did not care for was the close table seating, otherwise everything was great! Will come back again.
It was a nice night to eat outside so we chose Cafe Istanbul. Sam was our server. He took good care of us. We were moderately hungry so we decided to split two appetizers and share a pizza. All was excellent including the bread. We will return.
Service is always attentive and the food is on point.
Truly a unique and delicious dining experience.
Tables too close. But great food and service.
Loved it, great food and service was excellent
Excellent service; excellent food. The evening was very enjoyable.
I'll definitely return!
Excellent service and exerted extra efforts to provide a comfortable quiet environment for a business dinner. Thank you to all of the staff. We even had lunch there the next day for another meeting.
The food was incredible.